How to make photo mug cups

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How to make photo mug cups
Use a white mug to personalise. (Getty Thinkstock)

Transfer your own design or photographs to a plain mug, to personalise the mug and exercise your creativity. You can also buy personalised mugs, but it’s much cheaper to create them yourself using transfer paper. Make your own mugs for a small business with a business logo on them, or give customised mugs away as presents during the holidays and for other celebrations.

Things you need

  • Plain white ceramic mug
  • Scissors
  • Computer
  • Inkjet printer
  • Transfer paper
  • Bowl of water
  • Oven or fan

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  1. 1

    Print out a digital image of your photo or design on transfer paper. Transfer paper can be found at most local arts and crafts supply stores. If you have drawn your design, you will need to scan the design into the computer first, and then print it out.

  2. 2

    Cut out the design on the transfer paper using scissors and cutting close to the border of the design.

  3. 3

    Dunk the design briefly in water.

  4. 4

    Apply the image to the mug, with the image side facing the mug. Peel the backing away from the transfer paper.

  5. 5

    Dry the transfer using a hair dryer or by placing the mug in the oven with a low heat setting for 5 to 10 minutes. Alternatively, allow the mug to air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • The image will be reversed when you transfer it to the mug. If this is a problem, use your printer's settings to reverse the image when you print it out. The reversed image will display correctly once it's transferred to the mug

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